Liposuction is one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures. It is also called lipoplasty, lipectomy, body contouring, liposculpture suction, or simply lipo. The aim of liposuction is to get rid of excess fat in thighs, abdominal zone, arms, buttocks, back, face, and chin, so the body looks more proportional.
Though lipo helps to enhance the beauty of body shape, people tend to have unreal expectations about the procedure. Every board certified plastic surgeon explains all the risks and approximate results of this cosmetic surgery procedure. But it’s better to be prepared beforehand. Here are the most common myths about liposuction in which people believe.
Technically, liposuction is sucking body fat with a special instrument cannula, which is inserted under the skin. But that doesn’t mean that your weight will undergo drastic changes. As far as body fat decreases, a person may lose from 2 to 5 pounds on average. So, if you are looking for an easy way to get rid of excess fat without a balanced diet and exercises, liposuction is of little use.
Orange-peel skin is caused by fat protruding through the connective tissue of the human skin. Simply removing body fat doesn’t bring the elasticity of the fibers back. Additionally, if you have loose skin, a board certified plastic surgeon will try to convince you to use other methods of fat reduction.
Actually men are also interested in body contouring. The purpose is mostly aesthetic, still this kind of plastic surgery may deal with certain medical conditions, such as lymphedema, gynecomastia, lipodystrophy syndrome, and lipomas.
In case, a person has good health, and no contraindications, liposuction may be carried out at any age. Nonetheless, it is illegal to do this kind of plastic surgery for people before 18.
The only fat that can be removed with the help of body-contouring surgery is contained between the skin and the muscles. The percentage of this fat in a round belly is quite small. Much more fat cells are situated below the muscles and around body organs. This visceral fat pushes the muscles, that is why the belly looks round. This type of fat cannot be removed with the help of liposuction, so the only hope is good nutrition and regular exercises.
The fat cells don’t grow so fast after the suction. Also, it doesn’t mean that your body will restore the removed fat in other areas. You may admire your improved body shape for a long time, but if you maintain an unhealthy lifestyle, the results of liposuction will gradually disappear.
Though, every surgery contains some risks, the methods of liposuction have developed through years. Now, the cannulas are quite thin and don’t leave marks or scars. And it’s not painful anymore, as far as patients undergo anesthesia, either general or local. Make sure you contacted a board certified plastic surgeon, so all the risks can be reduced.
As opposed to the previous myth, some people continue to believe that liposuction is such a smooth procedure due to its popularity. Still, it is a surgical intervention and you can’t just walk out and resume your regular activities right after the procedure. Swelling, soreness, and bruising are the most common consequences of lipo. It is necessary to set aside at least one week for recovery and wear a compression garment. After that, you may get back to work, which doesn’t require intense physical activity. Full recovery comes in 6 weeks after the liposuction. Also, don't forget to visit your surgeon during this period, so he can check out how the after-effects are healed.